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Bruckner: Symphony 7 (Alpha)

A fine, sensitive account but one which underplays some of the key points of tension [RMo]

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Donizetti: Signor Gaetano (Pentatone)

A welcome debut recital which promises much for the future of bel canto singing [MP]

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Capricornus: Vocal & Instrumental works (Nibiru)

A perfect demonstration of the quality of Capricornus’s oeuvre [JV]

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Marschner: Overtures & Stage Music Vol. 1 (Naxos)

Long-forgotten music that’s well worth a listen [RMay]

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Yggdrasil (2L)

A gloriously recorded and performed collection of songs for trees and nature [DC]


Vivaldi: Violin Concertos (Forgotten Records)

The elegant, refined art of Peter Rybar in fine transfers from his Westminster legacy [JW]

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Mendelssohn, F: Das Jahr (Danacord)

An attractive performance of Mendelssohn-Hensel’s most ambitious piano collection [RCh]

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Beethoven: Violin Sonatas (Forgotten Records)

A variably attractive Beethoven cycle from two eloquent Czech musicians [JW]

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Monteverdi: Madrigals (Naïve Records)

An exceptionally well-conceived, exciting yet controlled rendering [MS]

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Telemann: Cantatas, Vol 2 (cpo)

Exquisite period-instrument performances of rarely-heard Telemann cantatas [DF]

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Vaughan Williams: Live Vol 2 (SOMM Recordings)

Lani Spahr’s expert restorations have breathed new life into these important archive recordings [JQ]

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Mahler: Symphony 2 (INAEM)

The premiere recording of a skilful reduced orchestration of practical value in the concert hall but not for home listening [NB]

Finzi: Clarinet Concerto (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A fabulous collection recommended unreservedly [IL]

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Korngold: Die Kathrin (cpo)

(Déjà Review) Music of your most romantic dreams and packing a grand emotional punch [RB]

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Mayer: Piano works (Dynamic)

Attractive miniatures in the mould of Schumann and Mendelssohn [RCh]

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Dodgson: Songs Vol. 1 (SOMM Recordings)

An enticing introduction to a fine composer’s songs [WH]

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Julius Prüwer (conductor) Forgotten Maestro (Pristine Audio)

A welcome restoration of the recordings of a largely overlooked German conductor [JW]

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Lincke: Overtures Vol. 1 (cpo)

There may be more to Lincke than the Gavotte Pavlova and Berliner Luft [RMay]

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Mahler: Symphony 5 (Pentatone)

A distinguished account of Mahler’s Fifth [JQ]

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Bruckner: Symphony 4 (Exton)

Yet another superb Bruckner recording from a flawless Tokyo orchestra [RMo]

Yvonne Lefébure (piano): Inédits 5 (Solstice)

Solstice’s au revoir to a great artist [SG]

Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

An imaginative and involving production, but flawed by some intrusive and insensitive vulgarities [PCG]

Golestan: Chamber Music (Forgotten Records)

Attractive transfers from the 1920s and 1930s of Stan Golestan’s chamber music [JW]

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 (Fontec)

Another potentially engaging recording, fatally compromised by the conductor’s ill-disciplined vocal intrusion [RMo]